560 Indian species endangered

A total of 560 species of animals and plants in the country have been declared critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. "The IUCN has reported in its red data list that 560 species stand threatened in India. Of these, a total of 313 species, including vultures, are animals while 247 are plant species," Mr S. Reghupathy, minister of state for environment and forests, said in a written reply.

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